Mangaluru, (The Hindu): College students and activists from social organisations came together here on Wednesday for a protest seeking fair investigation of the death of Kavya Poojary, a Class 10 student of Alva’s High School, Moodbidri, on July 20. They demanded compensation of ? 25 lakh for her family members from the government.
The protest was organised under the aegis of Justice for Kavya Horata Samiti. Kavya’s parents Lokesh and Baby Poojary; Mayor Kavita Sanil and some women councillors of Mangaluru City Corporation; parents of pre-university student Soujanya, who was murdered near Dharmasthala in 2012, Chandappa Gowda and Kusumavati, were among those who took part in the protest.
Members of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, All College Students Union, Democratic Youth Federation of India, Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Students Federation of India also participated in it.
Addressing the protesters, Ms. Sanil said that she and the other women councillors were taking part in the protest to express their solidarity with Kavya’s parents, who have raised questions regarding their daughter’s death that has still remained unanswered. She asked senior leaders of political parties in the district not to “poke their nose” in the investigation of the case. All College Students Association advisor Dinakar Shetty said that the Horata Samiti will call a district bandh if the police failed to reveal in the next 10 days the cause leading to Kavya’s death. The State government should pay compensation of ? 25 lakh to Kavya’s parents, he said.
Meanwhile, the investigation team, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (North) K. Rajendra, is waiting for a report from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Bengaluru, on the cause of death. The report was crucial as it would throw light on what lines the investigation has to make progress, a police official said.
The team hopes of getting the report in the next few days. “Once that comes, we will call Kavya’s parents and inform them on the progress made in the investigation,” the official told The Hindu.
The police are conducting fair investigation and there was no pressure of any kind, the official added.
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